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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

A story about religion, struggle for survival and the relativity of truth. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi follows a young man who survives a shipwreck in a lifeboat with a large Bengal tiger – resisting hunger, thirst, fear and loneliness for 227 days. Growing up in India as a son of a zookeeper, “Pi” Patel studies Hinduism, Christianity and Islam simultaneously and decides to follow all three religions. Together with his family he is about to migrate to Canada, but the ship carrying them sinks in a storm…

· · 2001

Critical edition

Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. Canongate Books, 2016. 428 pp., ISBN 9781786894243

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  • Award-winning
  • Beyond the US and the UK
  • Classic
  • Intercultural perspectives
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: North Rhine-Westphalia

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